Baker and Forsman’s huge day almost complete

Get That Jive (Matt Cameron) completing a treble at Hastings yesterday for Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.

Get That Jive (Matt Cameron) completing a treble at Hastings yesterday for Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.

It took a herculean effort from Kawi to rob Cambridge trainers Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman from capping a particularly notable day at Hastings yesterday.

From six runners, Baker and Forsman were represented in five races and came away with success in three events and a second in the day’s feature, the Gr. 1 $200,000 Windsor Park Plate, in which their main hope, Mime, was caught in the last stride by Kawi and went down a mere long head.

The stable’s other runner in the Windsor Park Plate was Our Vergara, who weakened to eighth after setting the pace, while a race earlier the stayer Maygrove failed to pay a dividend when resuming over 2000 metres, but did pick up $1000 prizemoney for his fifth placing.

Though beaten in the main event, Baker and Forsman did capture the other feature, the Gr. 3 $70,000 Hawke’s Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes, with Honey Rider and two races earlier exciting Francaletta maintained her unbeaten record when easily accounting for her rivals in the $30,000 Hastings – Heart of Hawke’s Bay 1300.

The stable rounded off the day successfully when producing Get That Jive to race away with the final event, the Bay Ford NZ Punter of the Year 1st October 1400.

Get That Jive, who races in the same colours as the stable’s multiple Group One winner Turn Me Loose, could not have been more impressive in his first start since finishing eighth in the Gr. 1 BMW NZ Derby at Ellerslie last March.

He had been given a couple of trials to ready him for his return and had shaped well in the second one, when runner-up to Clovelly Park at Cambridge last week.

Yesterday he unleashed an irresistible finish to clear out on his rivals, winning the 1400-metre event by two and a quarter lengths. Considering the talent he showed as a three-year-old, it is surprising to that it is just his second win.

After he won his debut as a late two-year-old at Te Awamutu he had to settle for three seconds and two thirds in his next five outings leading up to the Derby with four of them being black-type events. He chased the Derby winner Rangipo home in the Gr. 2 The Hits Great Northern Guineas (second), the Gr. 2 Darci Brahma Waikato Guineas (third) and the Gr. 2 Auckland Eye Avondale Guineas (third equal).

Get That Jive was plagued by foot problems last year and now free of those troubles he could go on to become one of the country’s top gallopers this season.

Francaletta (Michael Coleman) is all class as she strides to victory yesterday.

Francaletta (Michael Coleman) is all class as she strides to victory yesterday.

The thrill over Get That Jive’s win was rivalled by the excitement surrounding Francaletta after she took her record to two from two.

As impressive as she was when winning her debut at Matamata, Baker and Forsman knew yesterday’s race was a good opportunity to get a true line on the four-year-old daughter of High Chaparral.

“There are some good, handy horses, progressive types with good formlines in the field,” said Forsman pre-race. ”It’s going to be exciting to get a line on where she’s at.”

Francaletta certainly gave her connections the answer they wanted as she strode clear to score by two and a quarter lengths from Dolcetto, who was chasing a hat trick of wins.

On hand for the win was Bruce Perry, racing manager for Francaletta’s owner, Lib Petagna, and he was thrilled with the result.

“Andrew and Murray have always had a huge amount of time for her,” said Perry. “She’s just taken time with niggly issues and being immature.”

Michael Coleman has been aboard in each of her wins and admitted to having an armchair ride yesterday.

“Once she found a soft sit second she was travelling peaches and cream from there,” he said. “She’s not 100 percent knowing what to do yet, but once I popped the question she found a length quickly. She’s real quality.”

Bought by Perry for A$65,000, Francaletta continued a great streak being experienced by Petagna, following on from the first-up wins in Australia of stablemates Saracino and Eleonora. Saracino took the Gr. 2 Danehill Stakes at Flemington and Eleonora was successful at Geelong last Friday on route to her goal, the Gr. 1 VRC Oaks.

Mime’s second placing in the Windsor Park Plate was also very pleasing, particularly with the knowledge she will be better suited over the 2040 metres of the Gr. 1 Livamol Classic in a fortnight.